Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pie Box die fun!- Tutorial - Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Pie - And, Die Storage Option

Hold onto your hats -it's going to be a picture laden blog post - but there's a tutorial so it'll be worth it! (hopefully! lol)
So, let's talk about the awesome pie box die - first it's one piece and all you have to do is cut two and you're good to go! I cut an 8.5" X 11" piece of cardstock in half, layer the two pieces on top of each other (layer both with the color side up), put it the cuttlebug with the die and cut two at one time. It worked great! On the second layer, the score lines aren't as prominent but they're good enough to see in good light to fold.

A Muse Studio cardstock has color on one side and is white or cream on the other. It's AWESOME for card making. And, it works great for die cutting projects as well. There is a trick though to getting a nice look from single-sided cardstock because sometimes it cracks. So, how do you keep it from cracking? First, you fold the cardstock color to color on the score lines (see above).
Then, you fold it on the same score lines to the white side. See above for the two steps -color to color on left. White to white on right.

Now it's time to add your adhesive and get ready to assemble your triangle box. You can either use red-line tape (my classes call it scary tape and devil tape - lol) or

you can use Tombow Mono Multi. I love this glue and as you can see - I make a mess of the bottle. Good stuff! :) I actually use the red-line tape on the point of the box and then use mono multi on the sides as I like to have a little more flexibility on getting the side flaps in the right spot. The glue gives that extra time and ability to adjust the cardstock. Scary tape is awesome but when you put it on, you'd better have your cardstock in just the right spot as when it's down - it's down!
So, now it's time to assemble the box - we've folded all the scores and we have adhesive on the point.

The first and very important step on assembly is to make sure the point is lined up. If the point of the triangle is off - the whole box will be off. That sounds hard (and the way I did it the first time was hard - because that's how I roll and it's why I changed majors from engineering to education but that's a story for another

Put the color sides of the two die cuts face down on the table and line up the flaps on the point. You're going to be gluing color to color. The photo below is a little blurry but hopefully you can see what I mean.

After you put the points together, the box naturally folds closed. 
Here's what it looks like from the top side view. 
See why lining up the point is so important?!
After adhering the side flaps (glue or adhesive on the color side of the cardstock) to the side panels, you're ready to fill it and decorate it. 
I stamped and die cut a bunch of Flaky Friends snowmen to decorate the fun pile of pie boxes. I'm not going to make them pie pieces (though they could be). They're going to be mini tree treat boxes! 

Aren't they cute?
And, hey -why not see what they look like as a perky snowman pie! How cute is that?!! What a great classroom treat that would be! Or, fill them up and take them to the teacher's lounge or to the work break room to share!
We made pumpkin pie boxes in my class this month. Turkey Day is such a fun set. The silver-edge organdy ribbon holds the box closed once you have your treats inside!
Here's the sample Chistmas tree box beside the pumpkin pie. I want to make one into a giant candy corn but haven't done that yet. I bet there are other awesome ideas besides those. 

You can pick up the pie box die ($29.99 plus tax and shipping) in my webstore: www.amusestudio/com/seleise (click on shop online in the top menu and then click on stamps and then go to the October collection in the side bar and you can see all the goodies)

I want to spend a brief moment talking about Totally Tiffany storage items. I don't have any affiliation to the company -just like the products. My sister gave me these two storage boxes last Christmas. I have re-inkers and splash and glitter and embossing powder in the one on the right. The one on the left holds my embossing buddy, red line tape, personalized stamps, washi, ribbon and other bits and pieces. 
I use several of the bags (not pictured) to hold copics and glitters and splashes and more. They're awesome to take to crops. 

My newest purchase that I'm totally in love with is the Die-Namic Die Storage. It's a plastic case that holds five sleeves of louvered die storage. 
Look at how easy it is to see the dies inside!
The louvered pockets are in sleeves so you can store a bunch of dies and if they come loose from the little pocket, they will be contained in the pocket in the container - pretty cool! I haven't had too many come loose but for those that are, I think I'm going to put a bit of double-sided tape in the pocket to hold the die in place. Look at how awesome the border dies and bow dies look in those louvered pockets!! I'm a visual stamper - need to see it to remember to use it so this is a perfect storage system for me!
Here's a close-up of the word dies - the little pockets are perfect for them!
See all those awesome word dies from A Muse Studio! - now I might remember to use them more often! And, the best part of all this is that all of these dies would normally take up 4 or 5 magnetic folders but this system is soooo much lighter than the magnetic folders because you just have the weight of the dies - not the magnets too. I've been using those folders and will continue using them for the nested dies as most of those move around too much in these pockets. But, I will move all my alphabets and numbers and tiny dies to these pockets and when I take them to a crop, I won't break my back carrying all the magnetic folders. :) It's amazing how many dies these five pockets hold.
I picked up the majority of my Totally Tiffany items at JoAnns. Again - no affiliation to anything but A Muse Studio - just wanted to share. :) (and the JoAnns coupons work on these awesome storage items!).

7Have a wonderfully creative day!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Harvest Your Blessings - Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

On this final day of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I'm popping back in with some Thanksgiving coffee cards with the Turkey Day stamp set (being released October 1st) watercolored with peerless watercolors on kraft and on die cuts from Mocha Me Happy and Word Art cut from our new watercolor paper.
These are so fun! I used some card bases and parts left over from other cards and got to playing. Above is probably my favorite because I just love the watercolored leaves and how the layers of colors turned out on the cup. A little wink of stella gives the leaves a little shimmer.
How about a happy little turkey coffee cup? I probably should have cut the cup topper but didn't want to cover the watercoloring. :)
A window card - I kind of blew out the kraft cardstock color with the lighting and am thinking I should have done something to the card front but still kind of fun. :)
Gobble 'til you wobble! *snort* That's hilarious! Love this watercolor latte cup with the watercolor turkey on top.
The final card has a border of Haunted Mansion Background with a layer of melon petite hexagon beside it. The latte mugs from Word art look so pretty and another one of those awesome little leaves adorns the top!

I haven't had much time to hop by the other blogs but what I have seen has been AMAZING! I hope you'll take time to play (you've got until 11:55 p.m. pacific time to link up a project!): 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Happy Birthday From the Whole Herd! Double Z-fold box card

How fun is this!! Stars and silly barnyard animals and a fun fold all mixed into one card!!  This view shows the card folded flat and ready to go into the envelope. Previously we saw the horizontal version of the double z-fold box card and here's a vertical version. :) Go Hog Wild is such a fun stamp set and can work for male, female, young or old cards! I just smile when I see those silly critters. :)
Let's talk about one of the cool features of this style of box card. It opens up and lays completely flat so you can write your birthday message from the whole family or group or friends or co-workers or whatever. And, it folds flat and fits into an A2 envelope with ease so mails beautifully! I kept everything glued to the base so it would mail easily but you could definitely pop up things on the card, just know it may add a little cost to your mailing.
Here's a front view when it's open. Wouldn't this look great sitting on your friends side table or your co-worker's desk at work?! What a treat for the recipient! And, can we talk about the celebrate die... so cute cut in bermuda petite polka dot!  I don't have the die cuts for the animals but they're easy to cut around. And, those critters layered on star trio die cuts adds some party attitude to your card!
Here's a view from the top. It's cute on all angles!

The dimensions for the vertical double z-fold box card are as follows: 

Card base: 5-1/2" X 8-1/2". Score at 2-1/8" and 4-1/4". 
Band: 1-1/8" X 8-1/2"

The layer pieces are 1/8" smaller than the flap. 
Card base layer pieces: 2" X 5-3/8" 
Band layer pieces: 1" X 4-1/8", 1" X 2" (twice) 

Hope you'll make one of these super simple and fun cards! All supplies are available in my webstore:

Have a wonderfully creative day!